Over 80,000 workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are set to strike on 6 and 7 December. The workers, members of the PCS civil service workers’ union, voted by 62 percent in favour of strikes over pay.
Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, said, “It is completely unacceptable that the department should seek to impose pay cuts in real terms on hardworking staff who have borne the brunt of massive job cuts.
“The anger of staff is illustrated by this strong vote in favour of strike action over an offer that will see the lowest paid receive only 24 pence above the minimum wage.”
The PCS strikes are a direct challenge to Gordon Brown’s public sector pay freeze. Other workers should build solidarity and support for the strikers.